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NC Based ‘Faith in America’ Group Wants Sinless SBC

By Bill Bumpass
June 9, 2017

A left-wing religious organization that wants to meet with Southern Baptist leaders has a clear agenda: urge them to drop homosexuality as a sin.

The response from the Southern Baptists? Not gonna happen.

Southern Baptists are meeting June 13 and 14 in Phoenix, Arizona for their annual meeting, where the group Faith in America plans to protest.

FIA’s website states that its “ultimate goal” is to end religious teachings that “justify marginalizing and discriminating against others,” an obvious reference to homosexuals. Read the rest of this entry »

GOP ‘Bruch Bill’ Perpetuates Addiction among Alcoholics

The Triad Conservative
June 7, 2017

Drinking alcoholic beverages in the morning is one of the key warning signs and symptoms of alcoholism.

Nonetheless, the Republican-dominated North Carolina Senate, in its extraordinary wisdom, passed a “Brunch Bill” last week that would allow the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sunday morning. Calling it a “brunch bill” might lead observers to conclude it is directed at allowing upscale restaurants and hotels this particular prerogative. But instead, the legislation also allows sales at private clubs, convenience stores and any other place that is licensed to sell alcohol. Read the rest of this entry »

Controversial Billboard Scripturally Correct

By Chad Groening
June 5, 2017

CLAREMONT – A North Carolina-based Christian apologist is praising the decision by a pastors group to erect a billboard supporting President Donald Trump’s highly controversial travel ban.

The billboard (right) is on I-40 in Catawba County near Claremont, North Carolina. The North Carolina Pastors Network paid for the billboard and wrote on its website: “The West must come to grips with the absolute fact that untold millions of Muslims around the world really believe that their religion instructs them to fight armed jihad against all non-Muslims.”

But a Charlotte television station found several people who actually complained about the message, including one individual who said: “I’m perfectly willing for people who are hostile to us, to be in our country, because that’s what loving your enemy is all about.” Read the rest of this entry »

Senate-Approved ‘Brunch Bill’ Would Serve Up a Host of Harms

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
June 1, 2017

RALEIGH – The “brunch bill,” passed by the North Carolina Senate 32-13 on Thursday and now headed to the House, earned its name because it paves the way for Sunday-morning alcohol sales. But according to the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, the seven pages of proposed legislation serves up a lot more than a Sunday mid-morning drink.

“House Bill 155 makes so many changes in alcohol policy that we believe can be dangerous to the public health,” he told lawmakers on the Senate Rules Committee Thursday, outlining how the bill could exacerbate underage drinking, undermine the Alcoholic Beverage Control system of limiting spirits sales to ABC stores and loosen distillery regulations so much that liquor is treated much the same as beer and wine.

“We have never seen them as equals. We have always seen liquor as potentially more problematic, and this is why we have ABC stores,” Dr. Creech said. Read the rest of this entry »

Press Conference: Senator Barringer Pushes ‘Raise the Age’ for Juvenile Jurisdiction with Faith Leaders at Her Side

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
June 1, 2017

Rev. Creech speaks to the press about raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction

RALEIGH – Country music artist and former foster kid Jimmy Wayne likes to remind listeners that “children are 30 percent of our population but 100 percent of our future.” North Carolina Sen. Tamara Barringer (R-Wake) cited his quote Tuesday at a press conference promoting a bill that could change how the state’s legal system treats young people, specifically 16-and 17-year-olds who face charges for misdemeanors or nonviolent felonies.

Currently charged as adults, these teens would join their younger counterparts in the juvenile justice system under Senate Bill 564, the Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Act, also referred to as “Raise the Age.” Its companion bill, HB 280, passed the House 104-8 earlier this month. And Barringer said she’s hopeful the Senate will follow suit and bring North Carolina in line with the rest of the nation. Read the rest of this entry »

Vandalia Christian School Graduates, Staff, and Families Hear ‘Timely and Stirring’ Commencement Speech

CAL Executive Director Calls Graduates ‘world changers’ and urges them to make ‘a world that is not yet, but ought to be’
By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
June 1, 2017

GREENSBORO – Graduates from Vandalia Christian High School in Greensboro received words of encouragement and of warning during their May 26 commencement as the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, urged them to envision “a world that is not yet, but ought to be.”

Using the phrase from a prayer written by Dr. Earl Adams, Dr. Creech contrasted the tensions and conflicts of today’s world with the one to come.

“If the kingdoms of this world are really to become the kingdom of our Lord, then it is the duty of everyone who names Christ as Lord to see that he really does become the Lord of all of life,” he told the 32 seniors amid a crowd of about 800 gathered in the school’s gymnasium. Read the rest of this entry »

Moderate Drinking Promotes Good Health: Rethinking the Data

Part 2: Does Alcohol Provide Protection from Heart Disease?
By Pam Blume
Christian Action League
June 1, 2017

A new research review in the May 2017 issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs has concluded that evidence suggesting that the commonly accepted thinking that moderate drinking provides protection from Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) may have been based on flawed data.

The study was funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and was led by Dr. Tanya Chikritzhs (National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth, Australia) with co-investigators Dr. Timothy Stockwell (University of Victoria, Canada) and Dr. Timothy Naimi (Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health).

Past studies have indicated that adults who drink moderately have lower heart disease rates than non-drinkers. Thus there is the widespread belief that moderate alcohol consumption is a factor in heart health. Read the rest of this entry »

Social Conservatives Oppose Las Vegas Style Gaming Night Fundraisers for Non-Profits

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By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
May 24, 2017

RALEIGH – Promoters of a bill that would allow nonprofits to host casino-style game nights claim it would bring clarity to state law. But leaders of the Christian Action League and other defenders of family values say conflict and calamity are more likely results.

“It is indisputable that the expansion of gambling allowed by HB 511 would invite a myriad of problems on the families and citizens of North Carolina,” wrote John L. Rustin, president of the NC Family Policy Council, in an email to members of the state House, who could entertain the measure early next week.

The bill was approved by the House Finance Committee on Tuesday, despite warnings from CAL Executive Director Mark Creech, who called the proposed law “gambling on training wheels.” Read the rest of this entry »

CAL Executive Director, Rev. Mark Creech, Bemoans Change of Pentecostal Church in Smithfield into Islamic Center

By CAL Staff
Christian Action League
May 24, 2017

SMITHFIELD – It’s hard to say which is more disturbing — the transformation of what was once a Pentecostal church into the Islamic Center of Smithfield or the fact that area clergy showed up to celebrate the occasion.

“I cannot understand why Christian pastors would fawn over the start of a new mosque,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. “Why would Pentecostals sell the property they used – a property they had dedicated to God — for the practice of a false religion, especially one as dangerous as Islam?”

The joint service took place May 13 and involved readings from the Bible and the Quran. Episcopal Priest Jim Melynk told The News & Observer of Raleigh that it served as an “important statement that we take each other’s faith seriously.”

Smithfield businessman Ali Mohammad is an organizer of the mosque, which purchased the four-acre property that includes the church building and a home for $230,000. He said crosses removed from the church facade and steeple will be given to the pastors as a show of good faith. Read the rest of this entry »

Moderate Drinking Promotes Good Health: Rethinking the Data

By Pam Blume
Christian Action League
May 25, 2017

In my newly renovated neighborhood grocery store, shoppers now have access to a buffet, coffee shop, and a wine bar complete with a widescreen TV. During construction, I had asked the young man who was my cashier what was being built in the middle of the store. He said, “A wine bar. There’s nothing like shopping while under the influence!”

Serving alcohol in your local grocery store is only logical since moderate drinking has been deemed good for your health, right? So you can enjoy your wine and toss a bunch of organic carrots into your shopping cart and know you are doing the healthy thing.

But some researchers have recently begun to re-examine the data that encouraged moderate drinking as a health benefit.

In the UK, the British Broadcasting Corporation reported on May 23 that more evidence has emerged concerning the link between alcohol use by women and an increased risk of breast cancer. They said that according to a report from the World Cancer Research Fund, half a glass of wine or a small beer a day increases the risk.  The analysis of more than 100 studies that examined the medical histories of 12 million women reinforces the current advice to be aware of alcohol consumption. Evidence in the research indicated that drinking an extra small glass of wine every day (10g of alcohol) increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer after menopause by 9%. Read the rest of this entry »